There’s a Greek word used in the Bible that means “spinning around and getting dizzy” like on one of those spinning rides at the fair.
It happens when anyone believes “every wind of teaching” and buys into “the craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
As a result, we are “blown here and there.” That’s where the Greek word for dizzy appears.
Man-made opinions about things that matter in this world make more people more dizzy than the Tilt-a-Whirl. Like opinions about education, raising children, immigration, how to spend or save money, and the best way to address COVID just to name a few.
Stray from the truth of Jesus and his teachings, and you’ll get dizzy, confused, misdirected and even lost. Claim that your human opinion is as perfect and authoritative as Jesus’ own teachings, and it’s proof you’re dizzy, confused and misdirected.
When you’re riding a spinning ride at the fair, during the ride you really don’t realize that you’re dizzy. You may have a feeling that your equilibrium is off, but it’s not until you get off the ride and walk on solid ground that your head spins.
The same is true when we take your stand on a man-made idea that doesn’t come from God. We can hold the idea, promote the idea, fight for the idea, and not realize it’s imbalanced. Not until we plant our heart and mind on the solid ground of God’s truth do we get dizzy and realize that our idea was just that—our idea, not God’s.
It’s okay to have ideas and opinions, as long as you remember that they are human ideas and opinions—not divine truths and answers.
Therefore, please be careful about your ideas. Especially your ideas these days concerning COVID.
Be careful of surrounding yourself with lots of people who cheer for the same ideas that you do. Be careful of assuming that because your ideas gain traction in the media they are the truth. Be careful of assuming that everyone else is wrong, bad, sinful and judgmental because they don’t agree with your human ideas and opinions.
COVID is a big issue with complicated sub-issues. Many of those issues plug into different truths of God that can be applied differently. Many aren’t addressed directly by God’s Word at all.
Don’t put words in God’s mouth. Don’t create new laws that God hasn’t created. Don’t judge hearts unfairly. Don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth because it’s your opinion.
That just means you’re being blown around and a bit dizzy. But Jesus can handle it. He sends the wind. His Spirit moves the air. He’s in charge and he wants to love, forgive, save and strengthen you. How?
“Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:15,16).
It’s not about you or your opinion. It’s about Jesus, who is in charge as the head. As a believer, you are part of his body. And you are joined with other believers, as each of you works in alignment with Jesus the head.
Being loving toward others, and true to Jesus, is more important than being right in your opinions and ideas.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I want to be right, but I’m not always right. I confess this, and ask you for receive me in your mercy, teach me your truths, and help me stand confidently on them. Lead me in love, even as I show your love to others. Bless the mess. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Slow down, take 5 minutes now, and use the PRAY acronym.
- Praise (tell God what you appreciate about his truth)
- Repent (tell God about your sins of being enamored by your own opinion, trust in his promises of forgiveness that takes away your guilt)
- Ask (in faith, pursue what is of God and what serves him)
- Yield (talk to God about the next step after you say “Amen,” how you want faith to lead the way, how you are willing to be part of his answer and see it develop for your good)